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2016 was a great year for York Hackspace

Many things happened in 2016. Lots of the people reading this probably have mixed feelings about this past year. But at least we can all agree, I hope, that it was a great year for York Hackspace.

As we, the hackspace went into 2016, we had our own space with 24 hour access. Members could make use of the space whenever they wanted to. This space was in Stonebow house. Sadly we had to leave Stonebow quite early into this year. We knew that this was coming and it helped us by forcing us to keep moving forward. Within six months we had moved into a bigger space with easier access and registered as a company. Our membership has grown and we hope that it continues to grow. If you’ve not seen our new home in Fulford business centre, you should come and check it out!

Our space at Fulford Business Centre

Our new space at Fulford Business CentreOur fifth birthday was this year, and it fell on a Wednesday, so we decided to have a celebration combined with a sort of space-warming party on our open evening. There was lots of food, including this giant cookie…

Our much-loved spaceship disaster game Spacehack has had another spin around the galaxy UK as we took it to four maker events. It was at the UK Maker Faire in newcastle, EMF Camp, Manchester Makefest and the Derby Mini Maker Faire.

Spacehack at Derby

Spacehack at Derby

The hackspace blog is also looking much more active than it did at the start of the year. We hope to engage with makers as much as we can, and sharing the interesting things that go on at the hackspace is something that helps us do that. We even got our fifteen minutes of fame from hackaday this year. Seven and a half of those minutes with a post about Spacehack. and the remaining seven and a half with a post about John’s LED tetris table.

John’s world-famous tetris table

So it’s [almost] time to say goodbye to 2016 and find out what exciting things 2017 has to offer. I hope you can join us and help to make it a good one.

Want to learn how to use Blender?

We’re having a workshop on the evening of Thursday the 15th of December. “Introduction to Blender”

Mark your calendars (or sign up to our google calendar) to make sure you don’t forget to join us.

Anyone is welcome to come along, it’s not just for members.

For all the details, you can see this wiki page: https://york.hackspace.org.uk/wiki/Introduction_to_blender

The workshop will probably cover these features in approximately this order:

  • basic concepts
  • modeling
  • textures and lighting
  • rigging (armatures)
  • animation
  • basic physics simulation (including particle engines)

By the end of the workshop, you might be able to make something like this (or better)…

 

Let’s light the space for Christmas

We can’t avoid it any longer, Christmas is arriving soon.

The most import part of Christmas is, of course, finding as many flashing lights as you can and concentrating them all in one area. Any good hackspace should be full of flashy lights at Christmas. So if you have a cool project that’s mostly just flashing lights, you should definitely bring it to the hackspace next Wednesday and show us all how it works! Let’s light up the space with all the pretty LEDs we can.

To get us started, I’ve brought along a couple of my projects, repurposed slightly to create a more festive atmosphere.

But it’s not all about lights. Continuing the tradition of previous years, it’ll soon be time to gather in a pub somewhere in York city centre and have some drinks to celebrate. You’re welcome to join us if you like!

I found some LED strips that were not doing much, so they’re now decorating the mains trunking

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I also threw together a raspberry pi and an old project that had a scrolling text display on it. It’s difficult to photograph, you’ll have to trust me that it looks okay to the human eye. You can send it a new message if you’re connected to the wifi.

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We are now five years old

We celebrated our fifth birthday last Wednesday! (26th of October)

The first real YHS meeting was on October the 26th 2011 at Guppy’s enterprise club. (See our history page.) This was timed quite nicely, the exact day was a Wednesday this year, no need to break the open evening rhythm.

We lit up the space with all the LEDs we could find, filled a table with food and proceeded to disorient ourselves with a combination of alcohol and VR games.

Table full of party food

A plethora of party snacks.

For such a special occasion, there had to be a giant double-layer Millie’s cookie with the York Hackspace logo recreated in icing.

giant cookie with York Hackspace logo

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